Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program

Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program This page provides information about the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University and MCG.
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Medical illustrators—and visual communicators in the health sciences in general—are essential for the continued growth and effectiveness of the healthcare system, from primary education to health care delivery. Medical illustrators and the work they do add impact and value to: • Primary education in the medical, dental, nursing, allied health, veterinary, and life sciences; • Continuing professional education; • Healthcare staff in-service training; • Risk management (informed consent, therapeutic compliance, etc.); • Patient satisfaction (patient education, behavioral counseling, health information, etc.); • Public health information and health promotion; • Healthcare services advertising and marketing; • Pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology advertising and marketing; and, • Research and development (product design and prototyping, grant proposals, research publications, patents and technology transfer, etc.) The program in medical illustration at the Augusta University, Formerly Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA has a well-earned reputation as a premier center for training visual communicators in the health sciences. It is one of just four accredited graduate programs in the world, and has been continuously accredited since 1967. In 2010, the program underwent comprehensive external review; it was recognized for academic excellence and granted continuing accreditation, through 2018. Since its inception in 1948, the department has graduated 350 highly accomplished medical illustrators. Our graduates have a long history of professional success and leadership in the field of visual communications in the health sciences. Thanks to a rich, comprehensive curriculum and an enthusiastic and creative faculty, our students receive awards and honors on an annual basis and are highly competitive in the job market. Inappropriate, offensive, injurious and illegal content may be removed by Augusta University employees identified as account administrators or at the direction of Communications and Marketing Staff.

Mission: To prepare medical illustrators to enter the profession.

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09/08/2020

Congratulations, Seniors!— On the afternoon of Friday, September 4th, the talented and indomitable Class of 2021 received their white coats! This important rite of passage marks the beginning of their senior year in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University. As juniors, they completed their basic training in the biomedical sciences and in media techniques—all amid the turmoil of the Covid19 pandemic. Their senior year will focus on mastery of visual storytelling and problem-solving. They will be demonstrating just what they are capable of accomplishing via our unique Comprehensive Exam, participation in the Student Medical Illustration Service, and the Master's Project. They're going to crush it!

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS— The Dept. of Medical Illustration is delighted to announce that William C. “Kip” Carter is the 2020...
06/08/2020

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS— The Dept. of Medical Illustration is delighted to announce that William C. “Kip” Carter is the 2020 recipient of the Robert C. Benassi Outstanding Alumni Award. Kip is a member of the Class of ‘82.

After graduation from the Medical College of Georgia, Kip went to work as in Educational Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA. He quickly became Chief of Medical illustration Services, a position he still holds. In 2013 - 2014, he served as Interim Director of Educational Resources. Kip has also served as Chief Medical Illustrator for Journal of Clinical Techniques in Equine Practice and the Journal of Operative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, both published by W.B. Saunders.

From 1982 - 1996, Kip was a preceptor for Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) summer internship program. Many MCG students interned with him and learned a good deal about comparative anatomy and how to be a better illustrator. From 1991 – 1997, Kip also served as an Instructor in the Scientific Illustration program in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA. Since 1990, Kip has been an Asst. Adjunct Professor in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program here at AU. Beginning in 2015, Kip has been an Instructor in the Comparative Medical Illustration Certificate Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA. It is fair to say that Kip has been uniquely involved in the education of a great many medical and scientific illustrators at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

In his nomination letter, Prof. & Chair Emeritus Steven J. Harrison, PhD (Class of ’70) said, “Kip has three decades of service to the department as an Asst. Adjunct Professor. He also established post-graduate internships in veterinary illustration at UGA, which have greatly benefited quite a few of our grads.” Kip has been an active lecturer in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program here at Augusta University on topics including: veterinary illustration, comparative anatomy, surgical illustration, and artists’ rights. According to Andrews, “For many years Kip has been a major and invaluable participant in the Mock Interview Program that is an essential part of our comprehensive business course.” Harrison sums it up nicely, “Kip is a great teacher.”

Kip is an outstanding medical illustrator, with a great many national and international awards to his credit. Here are a few highlights:
• Will Shepard Award of Excellence for Instructional Color, for “Comparative Anatomy: Avian
• and Quadruped,” from the AMI, Richmond, 2009
• Will Shepard Award of Excellence for Instructional Color, for “American Trypanosomiasis,” from AMI, Cleveland, 2004
• Award of Excellence, Editorial Cover Illustration, for “Equine Acupuncture,” from The Rx Club, New York, 2001
• First Place for Illustration, American Horse Publications, Annual Awards, 1999
• Award of Excellence, Editorial Cover Illustration, from The Rx Club, New York, 1994
• Award of Excellence, Illustrated Medical Book, AMI, 1993
• Award of Excellence, Editorial Cover Illustration, from The Rx Club, New York, 1992
• Award of Excellence, Illustrated Medical Book, Clinical Text, AMI, 1990
• Award of Excellence, Georgia State and University Media Film Festival, 1984

Kips’ curriculum vitae includes scores and scores of entries for textbooks, atlases, book chapters, medical journal articles, trade magazine articles, and poster exhibits which he has illustrated or designed. He has given dozens of presentations and workshops, and has been involved in numerous panel discussions and other continuing education events.

When not drawing or painting, Kip stays busy as a kid’s soccer and basketball coach, and has even found time to serve as president of the Olde Lexington Gardens Homeowner’s Assoc.

There’s an old adage that says, “if you need something done, find a busy person.” Kip is that busy person, he gets things done. And whatever he does, he gives it a 100%. Kip is dedicated to the profession, committed to the craft, and driven by the pursuit of excellence. In describing his talents as a medical illustrator, Charles Boyter stated, “His skills are second to none.” The Medical Illustration Graduate Program, and the profession, are indeed better and stronger for his involvement.

05/26/2020

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS— Dean Mitchell Watsky, PhD and The Graduate School are pleased to announce that William B. Westwood is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. Bill is a 1972 graduate of our Medical Illustration Graduate Program. The award is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

In his remarks, Watsky said, “In addition to being an exceptionally accomplished medical artist, he is a renowned leader in his profession. He is a well-respected teacher, mentor and advisor on business issues and artists’ rights. Bill is a dedicated alumnus and supporter of our Dept. of Medical Illustration, serving as an Asst. Adjunct Professor and as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Graduate Program. Through his professional work and service, Mr. Westwood has embodied the values and vision of The Graduate School. I am delighted that we can recognize him through this Distinguished Alumni Award.”

Congratulations Bill!

Introducing Megan Ward, Class of 2020—Originally from southwestern Virginia, Megan journeyed to Richmond to attend Virgi...
05/20/2020
M.WARD Medical Media

Introducing Megan Ward, Class of 2020—

Originally from southwestern Virginia, Megan journeyed to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She received a BFA in Communication Arts with a Concentration in Scientific Illustration and Preparatory Medical Illustration.

Through her undergraduate interdisciplinary studies of art and biological science, Megan gained a strong interest in the fields of scientific and medical illustration. During junior year at VCU, she took a course that provided collaborative experience of how meaningfully combining art with science can improve an area of medicine. As a small class, multiple projects were generated to create educational simulation models for medical students in practices ranging from dentistry to reconstructive surgery. During the process of creating these devices, they were challenged with learning the specific area of medicine and applying creativity and artistic skill to develop a realistic model to help better teach and prepare medical students during their training. Megan gained valuable new perspectives about the various possibilities and interdisciplinary opportunities that could be explored through medical illustration.

Megan has recently completed her Master of Science in Medical illustration degree at Augusta University. She is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) and is studying to earn status as a Certified Medical Illustrator. Megan has had the incredible opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s leaders, as well as have gained exposure to a variety of media ranging from traditional carbon dust to 3D software, such as Cinema 4D. Through her training, she has realized that all aspects must be carefully considered and executed in a highly deliberate manner in order to best fulfill a specific need.

Megan has an ever-growing interest in the integrative possibilities of the medical sciences combined with the creative visual communications, and looks forward to a fulfilling career in medical illustration.

A video of Megan's presentation of her Master's Project "An Interactive E-Guide to Enhance Learning Abdominal Exam Practices & Technique" is attached. Megan's promotional website can be viewed at: https://www.mwardmedmedia.com/

Introducing Katharine Thompson, Class of 2020—Katharine received her BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealt...
05/20/2020
Katharine M Thompson Art| VA | Scientific Illustration

Introducing Katharine Thompson, Class of 2020—

Katharine received her BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, in 2018. She has recently completed her Master of Science in Medical Illustration degree at Augusta University.
Her artwork has been featured in the Science Museum of Virginia, Environmental Almanac of Virginia, and the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Salon, where she won an Award of Merit.

Katharine is passionate about sparking curiosity in the minds of others. Her experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant for English and Anatomy courses gave her a great appreciation for the process of creating effective teaching tools. Whether an illustration is for a jury, a student, or a patient, the process of creative problem solving to clarify the complex is what drives her.

Katharine’s love of learning and of the natural world keeps her mind curious, open, and inspired as she continues to foster her interests and grow as an artist.

A video of Katharine's presentation of her Master's Project "An Interactive E-Guide to Enhance Learning Abdominal Examination Practices & Techniques" is attached. Katharine's promotional website can be viewed at: https://www.ktmedmedia.com/

Introducing Victoria Rogers, Class of 2020—Victoria is a medical illustrator from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her...
05/20/2020
Medical Illustration | Rogers Biomedical Media

Introducing Victoria Rogers, Class of 2020—

Victoria is a medical illustrator from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MS in Medical Illustration from Augusta University in May of 2020, and is currently pursuing certification in the field. She is an active member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Prior to studying in Augusta, she received her BA in Visual Studies and her BS in Biology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. Her unique skill set and background in traditional art and biology allows her to condense complex concepts into informative, educational, and beautiful images. Victoria is fascinated by unusual animals and cell biology. She often finds herself birdwatching and baking award-winning muffins in her spare time.

A video of Victoria's presentation of her Master's Project "The Role of PDE5 Inhibitors in the Prevention of Colon Cancer: A Novel Representation" is attached. Victoria's promotional website can be viewed at: https://www.rogersbiomedicalmedia.com/

Introducing Amanda Manowski, Class of 2020—Amanda received a BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georg...
05/20/2020
Medical Illustration | Manowski Biomedical

Introducing Amanda Manowski, Class of 2020—

Amanda received a BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia in Athens (UGA) in 2018, and this spring received a MS in Medical Illustration from Augusta University. Her early life was split between Alaska, Georgia, and Wisconsin, and travel has inspired her intense interest in the natural world. She was introduced to medical illustration while learning about the scientific illustration department on campus when she was majoring in music performance at UGA. The concept of creating art for the sake of education threw wide open the door to her true interests. Since then, she has never looked back and has found boundless enjoyment in the intricacies of the human body expressed through medical illustration. Her past experiences include creating patient education materials for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, creating promotional imagery for the UGA Biochemistry department, and working as a part of a team to help design and illustrate a large-scale evolutionary timeline for the Georgia Museum of Natural History.

A video of Amanda's presentation of her Master's Project "Interactive iBook-Based Educational Materials on Wound Healing" is attached. Amanda's promotional website can be viewed at: https://www.manowskibiomedical.com/

Introducing Keri Leigh Jones, Class of 2020—Keri is a graduate of the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at the Augus...
05/20/2020
Medical Illustration | Keri Leigh Biomedical Creations

Introducing Keri Leigh Jones, Class of 2020—

Keri is a graduate of the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at the Augusta University. In addition, she received her bachelor’s degree from AU in Cell and Molecular Biology, with a minor in art. During undergraduate and graduate school, she loved being an anatomy lab teaching assistant and tutor, often drawing colorful images on the chalkboard to help the students learn. She continues that love of learning and educating by creating medical imagery for a wide variety of audiences. With a passion for medical and health education, she seeks to improve communication through visualization in the field of medicine to help educators improve teaching materials, researchers present their studies, surgeons document their innovative procedures, and patients understand their diagnoses and treatment.

A video of Keri's presentation about her Master's Project "An Interactive iBook on Type II and II Hypersensitivity" is attached. Keri's promotional website can be viewed at: https://www.klbiomedcreations.com/

Keri Leigh Biomedical Creations designs accurate, engaging visuals for healthcare providers and educators. With a passion for education and healthcare, I aim to inspire learning and improve communication in the biomedical field.

Introducing Weston DeWolff, Class of 2020—Weston DeWolff earned his BFA in Biomedical Art from the Cleveland Institute o...
05/20/2020
Visual solutions to explain complex medical concepts.

Introducing Weston DeWolff, Class of 2020—

Weston DeWolff earned his BFA in Biomedical Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016. Weston has worked as a scientific illustrator for UWorld, in Dallas, produced numerous illustrations for various types of publications, and most recently won an Award of Excellence at the 2019 Association of Medical Illustrators Student Salon. Having earned his Master of Science in Medical Illustration (MSMI) from Augusta University in 2020, Weston is working to become a board-certified medical illustrator (CMI).

A video of Weston's presentation of his Master's Project "Clinical Anatomy of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis" is attached. Weston's promotional website can be viewed at: https://chromatincreative.com/

Chromatin Creative produces illustrations and animations to facilitate communication and advancement of the life sciences, medicine and healthcare.

Introducing Anna DeMario, Class of 2020—As a child I always loved drawing and painting, whether it was in a sketchbook o...
05/20/2020
Home | A . DeMario Medical Visuals

Introducing Anna DeMario, Class of 2020—

As a child I always loved drawing and painting, whether it was in a sketchbook or in the margins of my homework, and the natural world was an especially fascinating subject for me to illustrate. When I graduated high school I felt a strong desire to pursue the arts, and to have them be a central fixture of my life. In undergrad at the University of Georgia in Athens, I discovered the scientific illustration program on the UGA website and something clicked; I had found an area of focus that would allow me to pursue art as a career, and which also reignited my previous fascination with natural science. As I developed my artistic skills and scientific knowledge, I learned about the field of medical illustration and decided to get my master’s degree at Augusta University. In the Medical Illustration Graduate Program, my skills and passions have been tested, developed, and refined. I have learned a variety of imaging and animation software, taken classes with medical students, and applied all I have learned to solving numerous artistic challenges, all in preparation to enter the workforce as a professional medical illustrator.

A video of Anna's presentation of her Master's Project "Anatomy of Head and Neck Fascial Spaces and Spread of Odontogenic Infection" is attached. Anna's promotional website can be seen at: https://www.ademariomedicalvisuals.com/

I am a medical illustrator who has dedicated the last few years of my life to refining my artistic skills, and expanding my knowledge of medical science. I believe that healthcare education is a universal need that is made accessible, and possible, through the visual aids created by medical illustra...

05/20/2020

Introducing Benjamin Brown, Class of 2020—

A native Virginian, Ben graduated Hampden Sydney College with his BS in 2010, summa cm laude, with dual majors in Biology and Theatre. He also acquired three minors which included Chemistry, International Studies, and Environmental Studies. In staying true to his diverse liberal arts education, he continued to explore the world over in search of his magnus opus following undergraduate studies. This search for brought him to the Peace Corps.

Before launching to the Dominican Republic as a public health interventionist, he began work as a medical assistant with what is now OrthoVA. In his time there he worked in several specialties, including upper extremity, pain management, and sports medicine. After gaining his certification as an Orthopedic Technologist and Bracing Technician he was recruited by the certifying organization (ASOP) as a consultant and casting instructor. He also volunteered with the American Red Cross during this time and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for the Richmond region. Additionally, he pursued an interest in film production. His crowning achievement was the feature-length film HURT, which debuted at the Byrd Theatre in 2016. His efforts have supported the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is now part of a state-wide program called “Healing with Hurt” utilized by the Coalition for the Prevention of Every Suicide (COPES).

During his Peace Corps service, he lived in a village called Neyba nestled between the mountains and Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic. His time there was spent between two groups, one focused on sexual education for pre-teens and the other on preventative health practices for young mothers. Expediently, he made a profound connection between the cultural exchange of art and its usefulness in communicating in the context of language and literacy barriers about public health. Shortly following his service, he returned to the states and enrolled in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University where he graduated with his MSMI in May 2020.

A video of Ben's presentation of his Master's Project "The Advent of Virtual Reality in public Health Education" is attached. His promotional website is: https://www.benspiredmed.com/

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